Bola Ahmed Tinubu this afternoon emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Congress at its special convention in Abuja where he polled 1,272 votes to defeat for his closest rivals Rotimi Amaechi who scored 316 votes and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who scored 235 votes.
Tinubu scored more votes than all the other aspirants combined.
Chairman of APC presidential primary convention, Governor Atiku Bagudu formally declared Tinubu as the party’s flag bearer at 2.22pm Wednesday at the Eagles Square, Abuja.
In an acceptance speech shortly after his declaration Tinubu promised to work with all progressive politicians to make the country great as he preached love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians.
He also praised all contestants for running a good race, especially those who openly supported his candidacy.
Voting ended around 7.30 am despite the initial disruption to the process.
Delegates from 35 states of Nigeria voted as the delegates from Akwa Ibom State were prevented from voting due to a court order on Tuesday . The party in the state is factionalised.
President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife left Eagle Square, the venue of the convention, at about 1.20 am on Wednesday before the commencement of voting. They returned shortly before noon to witness the declaration of results.
Before his departure, Buhari told the party members to remain united and avoid acrimony.
The ruling party survived a turmoil when the national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, attempted to impose a consensus candidate on the party but 11 northern APC governors stood their ground and announced their decision to zone the presidency to the South.